Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Applied Economics

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course



DESCRIPTION Applied Micro:
- Basic Economic Relations;
- Statistical Analysis of Economics Relations;
- Demand and Supply;
- Demand Analysis and Estimation;
- Forecasting;
- Production and Cost Analysis and Estimation;
- Market Structure Analysis and Estimation.

Applied Macro:
- Measuring GDP and Inflation;
- Role of Aggregate Demand;
- The Supply Side;
- Growth and Productivity;
- Monetary Policy and Interest Rates;
- Budget Deficits and National Debt;
- Policy in an Open Economy.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim in 'Applied Micro' is for managers to apply economic concepts and mathematical techniques to, for example, identify pricing or production strategies that will help meet company objectives. In short, Applied Micro helps managers arrive at a set of operating rules that aid in the efficient use of resources.

The aim in the 'Applied Macro' component of the study-unit is help managers understand the really important issues of macroeconomics, with a strong connection to the real world. Based on case studies, Applied Macro will be asked to interpret media commentary and analyze cases critically.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Understand Micro and Macro economic concepts and how to apply these concepts to real business situations;
- Understand media commentary about Macro economics issues of relevance to business.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Apply Micro-economic techniques to business settings;
- Take better informed decisions about pricing, production and use of economic resources;
- Critically analyze Macro economic media commentary.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Fundamentals of Managerial Economics, Hirschey Mark and Pappas James.
- Applied Economics, Griffiths Alan and Wall Stuart.
- Economics for Business and Management, Chrystal K.Alec and Lipsey Richard G.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Ian P. Cassar
Philip Von Brockdorff

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